02 Feb 2007

Apurv Pandit of PagalGuy.com – A forum for helping students choose B-Schools

Apurv Pandit is the chief editor of PaGaLGuY.com, India’s biggest Web site for MBA students. (”Pagal” actually means “Mad” in Hindi)

This site, which had a humble beginning as a discussion forum, has grown tremendously to attract close to 100,000 members.

In this interview, Apurv shares the story behind PagalGuy, site monetization and their future plans.

Prior to this, Apurv has had five years’ experience as a reporter in a number of national newspapers and an international news agency.

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01 Feb 2007

Sridhar Iyengar, ex-CEO of KPMG India, on Mentor Investing

Sridhar Iyengar is former chairman and CEO of KPMG India. He has been with KPMG for 34 years as a partner in the UK, US and India.

In this interview, Sridhar talks about mentorship, his investments in various companies and what qualities he looks for in a person who approaches him for funding.

Currently, Sridhar is an independent mentor capitalist to early-stage companies. He sits on the boards of American India Foundation, Infosys, ICICI Bank, Rediff, OnMobile, among others.

He has also served as president of TIE and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.


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31 Jan 2007

Pravin Gandhi of SEED Fund on Early Stage Investing

Pravin Gandhi is currently the managing partner of SEED Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Mumbai. Google and Sierra Ventures recently invested an undisclosed amount in Seedfund.

In 1972, Pravin co-founded the Hinditron group of companies (India’s first IT Company) which subsequently merged with Digital Equipment Corporation in 1988 (now HP). Pravin serves on the board of several public and private corporates in India.

He is currently the president of TiE Mumbai and a past president of the Manufacturers Association of Information Technology, (an IT manufacturers association in India). He was also formerly a member of the NASSCOM executive council.

Pravin holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

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31 Jan 2007

Kanwal Rekhi on Entrepreneurship and Founding of TiE

Kanwal Rekhi is the founding father of the IndUS Entrepreneurism (TiE). He is actively focused on helping young entrepreneurs getting started.

In this interview, Kanwal shares why he started TiE and his keen interest in politics among other things.

Kanwal recently gifted $2 million to IIT Bombay, his alma mater, to help set up a new School of Information Technology.

Kanwal is also involved at the Board Level in many companies including 123signup.com, Instantis, Mediaway, Sierra Atlantic and Versata.

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26 Jan 2007

Microland CEO Pradeep Kar On His Company’s Roller Coaster Ride

Pradeep Kar founded Microland in 1989. Microland manages the IT infrastructure of companies worldwide.

Pradeep also founded Planetasia, Indya.com which was acquired by News Corporation, and Net Brahma, which was acquired by a U.S. telecom equipment company in 2001.

Pradeep is member of the Technology Advisory Panel to the Government of Karnataka and has received numerous accolades including Indian Express “India Young Business Achiever Award,” the World Economic Forums award for the “Global Leader for Tomorrow.”

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